Hello All, as I write, it is Saturday 14 November 2020, and I am at the aircraft, the compressor running and the team hard at work.
Recent events: The RCA, a member of the Aviation Museum National Network, took part in the AGM last Saturday via Zoom. Several interesting matters emerged, not least the effect on Museum business activity and restoration work that the Virus has had, but all groups are pressing on. An Australia-wide ‘Museum Trail’ is being developed with location and contact details of the member aviation museums – I will forward a copy when it is finalised. RAAF History and Heritage gave a run down on their activities over the 2020 period and the impending 2021 Centenary of the RAAF. Air Force Centenary events have been scaled right back, with only one major celebration to be held in Canberra, at a date to be advised.
There have been numerous visitors to the aircraft, a worthwhile activity that raises our profile and spreads word of what we are doing. Two groups in are worthy of a mention.
The first a group of twenty-seven yachties from the Lake Mac Yacht Club Cruising Division. After a night spent on the calm waters of Kilaben Bay in the morning the group walked to the aircraft. RCA provided morning tea and with the group split into 3 they were given a tour of the site. It was a great morning with interesting and interested people.
October also saw a visit from the ‘Fortress Newcastle’ group. Fortress Newcastle members are documenting the numerous WW2 sites in Newcastle and the lower Hunter. They were particularly interested in the RAAF Base Rathmines and the Wangi Point Gun Emplacement. RCA will continue to work with them, documenting sites and raising the profile of the role the area played during the war.
Joy Air Australia, is now operational and offering scenic flights over Lake Macquarie.
It is great to see such a dynamic new tourism business and we look forward to the day when the Catalina Heritage Centre is on the Joy Air itinerary. This could be a great addition to the Christmas gift list.
Christmas is not far away, and I am making a shameless plug for our website shop - see rathmines-catalina.com. I am sure there is an item there someone would dearly love to see under the Christmas tree so check out the site. Our exclusive Catalina themed cards are on special - pack of six for $5 plus post, blank inside they are suitable for all occasions. We have an amazing selection of books and they would fit well in one of our tote bags
Progress with Rathmines Park
Patience is a word I have come to know very well! A few dot points might be best.
Funding: Our Association is in a very sound position on a month to month basis, but funding of the Rathmines CHC must be met via government grants and donations. Having DGR status provides us with a huge benefit. With certainty around the delivery of the Rathmines CHC we will be calling on assistance and support from all our members.
As always, if you have any questions, please give me a call.
Lastly after what has been a most unusual year, on behalf of the Committee and the Restoration Team, I wish you and yours an inspirational Christmas and 2021.
Bill m: 0418770400 e: email@example.com